Skip to main content

The Avengers

Season One

1. Hot Snow
6. Girl on the Trapeze
15. The Frighteners
20. Tunnel of Fear


Season Two

1. Mission to Montreal
2. Dead on Course
3. The Sell-Out
4. Death Dispatch
5. Propellant 23
6. Mr. Teddy Bear
7. The Decapod
8. Bullseye
9. The Removal Men
10. The Mauritius Penny
11. Death of a Great Dane
12. Death on the Rocks
13. Traitor in Zebra
14. The Big Thinker
15. Intercrime
16. Warlock
17. Immortal Clay
18. Box of Tricks
19. The Golden Eggs
20. School for Traitors
21. White Dwarf
22. Man in the Mirror
23. Conspiracy of Silence
24. A Chorus of Frogs
25. Six Hands Across a Table
26. Killer Whale

Seasons 1 & 2 Ranked


Season Three

1. Concerto

2. Brief for Murder
3. The Nutshell
4. The Golden Fleece
5. Death a La Carte
6. Man with Two Shadows
7. Don't Look Behind You
8. The Grandeur That Was Rome
9. The Undertakers
10. Death of a Batman
11. Build a Better Mousetrap
12. November Five
13. Second Sight
14. The Secrets Broker
15. The Gilded Cage
16. Medicine Men
17. White Elephant
18. Dressed to Kill
19. The Wringer
20. The Little Wonders
21. Mandrake
22. Trojan Horse
23. The Outside-In Man
24. The Charmers
25. Esprit de Corps
26. Lobster Quadrille

Season Three Ranked


Season Four

1. The Town of No Return

2. The Murder Market
3. The Master Minds
4. Dial a Deadly Number
5. Death at Bargain Prices
6. Too Many Christmas Trees
7. The Cybernauts
8. The Gravediggers
9. Room Without a View
10. A Surfeit of H2O
11. Two's a Crowd
12. Man-Eater of Surrey Green
13. Silent Dust
14. The Hour That Never Was
15. Castle De'ath
16. The Thirteenth Hole
17. Small Game for Big Hunters
18. The Girl From Auntie
19. Quick-Quick Slow Death
20. The Danger Makers
21. A Touch of Brimstone
22. What the Butler Saw
23. The House That Jack Built
24. A Sense of History
25. How to Succeed... At Murder
26. Honey for the Prince

Season Four Ranked


Season Five

1. The Fear Merchants
2. Escape in Time
3. The Bird Who Knew Too Much
4. From Venus With Love
5. The See-Through Man
6. The Winged Avenger
7. The Living Dead
8. The Hidden Tiger
9. The Correct Way to Kill
10. Never, Never Say Die
11. Epic
12. The Superlative Seven
13. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station
14. Something Nasty in the Nursery
15. The Joker
16. Who's Who???
17. Death's Door
18. Return of the Cybernauts
19. Dead Man's Treasure
20. The £50,000 Breakfast
21. You Have Just Been Murdered
22. Murdersville
23. The Positive-Negative Man
24. Mission... Highly Improbable

Season Five Ranked


Season Six

1. The Forget-Me-Knot
2. Invasion of the Earthmen
3. The Curious Case of the Countless Clues
4. Split!
5. Get-A-Way
6. Have Guns - Will Haggle
7. Look - (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers...
8. My Wildest Dream
9. Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?
10. You'll Catch Your Death
11. All Done with Mirrors
12. Super Secret Cypher Snatch
13. Game
14. False Witness
15. Noon-Doomsday
16. Legacy of Death
17. They Keep Killing Steed
18. Wish You Were Here
19. Killer
20. The Rotters
21. The Interrogators
22. The Morning After
23. Love All
24. Take Me To Your Leader
25. Stay Tuned
26. Fog
27. Who Was That Man I Saw You With?
28. Pandora
29. Thingumajig
30. Homicide and Old Lace
31. Requiem
32. Take-Over
33. Bizarre

Season Six Ranked

Ranked: 139-71

Popular posts from this blog

I’m smarter than a beaver.

Prey (2022) (SPOILERS) If nothing else, I have to respect Dan Trachtenberg’s cynical pragmatism. How do I not only get a project off the ground, but fast-tracked as well? I know, a woke Predator movie! Woke Disney won’t be able to resist! And so, it comes to pass. Luckily for Prey , it gets to bypass cinemas and so the same sorry fate of Lightyear . Less fortunately, it’s a patience-testing snook cocking at historicity (or at least, assumed historicity), in which a young, pint-sized Comanche girl who wishes to hunt and fish – and doubtless shoot to boot – with the big boys gets to take on a Predator and make mincemeat of him. Well, of course , she does. She’s a girl, innit?

Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character.

Pulp Fiction (1994) (SPOILERS) From a UK perspective, Pulp Fiction ’s success seemed like a fait accompli; Reservoir Dogs had gone beyond the mere cult item it was Stateside and impacted mainstream culture itself (hard to believe now that it was once banned on home video); it was a case of Tarantino filling a gap in the market no one knew was there until he drew attention to it (and which quickly became over-saturated with pale imitators subsequently). Where his debut was a grower, Pulp Fiction hit the ground running, an instant critical and commercial success (it won the Palme d’Or four months before its release), only made cooler by being robbed of the Best Picture Oscar by Forrest Gump . And unlike some famously-cited should-have-beens, Tarantino’s masterpiece really did deserve it.

I’m the famous comedian, Arnold Braunschweiger.

Last Action Hero (1993) (SPOILERS) Make no mistake, Last Action Hero is a mess. But even as a mess, it might be more interesting than any other movie Arnie made during that decade, perhaps even in his entire career. Hellzapoppin’ (after the 1941 picture, itself based on a Broadway revue) has virtually become an adjective to describe films that comment upon their own artifice, break the fourth wall, and generally disrespect the convention of suspending disbelief in the fictions we see parading across the screen. It was fairly audacious, some would say foolish, of Arnie to attempt something of that nature at this point in his career, which was at its peak, rather than playing it safe. That he stumbled profoundly, emphatically so since he went up against the behemoth that is Jurassic Park (slotted in after the fact to open first), should not blind one to the considerable merits of his ultimate, and final, really, attempt to experiment with the limits of his screen persona.

Everyone creates the thing they dread.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (SPOILERS) Avengers: Age of Ultron ’s problem isn’t one of lack. It benefits from a solid central plot. It features a host of standout scenes and set pieces. It hands (most of) its characters strong defining moments. It doesn’t even suffer now the “wow” factor of seeing the team together for the first time has subsided. Its problem is that it’s too encumbered. Maybe its asking to much of a director to effectively martial the many different elements required by an ensemble superhero movie such as this, yet Joss Whedon’s predecessor feels positively lean in comparison. Part of this is simply down to the demands of the vaster Marvel franchise machine. Seeds are laid for Captain America: Civil War , Infinity Wars I & II , Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok . It feels like several spinning plates too many. Such activity occasionally became over-intrusive on previous occasions ( Iron Man II ), but there are points in Age of Ultron whe

Poetry in translation is like taking a shower with a raincoat on.

Paterson (2016) (SPOILERS) Spoiling a movie where nothing much happens is difficult, but I tend to put the tag on in a cautionary sense much of the time. Paterson is Jim Jarmusch at his most inert and ambient but also his most rewardingly meditative. Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver and modest poet living in Paterson, New Jersey, is a stoic in a fundamental sense, and if he has a character arc of any description, which he doesn’t really, it’s the realisation that is what he is. Jarmusch’s picture is absent major conflict or drama; the most significant episodes feature Paterson’s bus breaking down, the English bull terrier Marvin – whom Paterson doesn’t care for but girlfriend Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) dotes on – destroying his book of poetry, and an altercation at the local bar involving a gun that turns out to be a water pistol. And Paterson takes it all in his stride, genial to the last, even the ruination of his most earnest, devoted work (the only disappoint

Death to Bill and Ted!

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) (SPOILERS) The game of how few sequels are actually better than the original is so well worn, it was old when Scream 2 made a major meta thing out of it (and it wasn’t). Bill & Ted Go to Hell , as Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey was originally called, is one such, not that Excellent Adventure is anything to be sneezed at, but this one’s more confident, even more playful, more assured and more smartly stupid. And in Peter Hewitt it has a director with a much more overt and fittingly cartoonish style than the amiably pedestrian Stephen Herrick. Evil Bill : First, we totally kill Bill and Ted. Evil Ted : Then we take over their lives. My recollection of the picture’s general consensus was that it surpassed the sleeper hit original, but Rotten Tomatoes’ review aggregator suggests a less universal response. And, while it didn’t rock any oceans at the box office, Bogus Journey and Point Break did quite nicely for Keanu Reev

If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder.

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) (SPOILERS) There’s something daringly perverse about the attempt to weave a serious-minded, generation-spanning saga from the hare-brained premise of The Place Beyond the Pines . When he learns he is a daddy, a fairground stunt biker turns bank robber in order to provide for his family. It’s the kind of “only-in-Hollywood” fantasy premise you might expect from a system that unleashed Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man and Point Break on the world. But this is an indie-minded movie from the director of the acclaimed Blue Valentine ; it demands respect and earnest appraisal. Unfortunately it never recovers from the abject silliness of the set-up. The picture is littered with piecemeal characters and scenarios. There’s a hope that maybe the big themes will even out the rocky terrain but in the end it’s because of this overreaching ambition that the film ends up so undernourished. The inspiration for the movie

This entire edifice you see around you, built on jute.

Jeeves and Wooster 3.3: Cyril and the Broadway Musical  (aka Introduction on Broadway) Well, that’s a relief. After a couple of middling episodes, the third season bounces right back, and that's despite Bertie continuing his transatlantic trip. Clive Exton once again plunders  Carry On, Jeeves  but this time blends it with a tale from  The Inimitable Jeeves  for the brightest spots, as Cyril Basington-Basington (a sublimely drippy Nicholas Hewetson) pursues his stage career against Aunt Agatha's wishes.

I think it’s pretty clear whose side the Lord’s on, Barrington.

Monte Carlo or Bust aka  Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies (1969) (SPOILERS) Ken Annakin’s semi-sequel to Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines tends to be rather maligned, usually compared negatively to its more famous predecessor. Which makes me rather wonder if those expressing said opinion have ever taken the time to scrutinise them side by side. Or watch them back to back (which would be more sensible). Because Monte Carlo or Bust is by far the superior movie. Indeed, for all its imperfections and foibles (not least a performance from Tony Curtis requiring a taste for comic ham), I adore it. It’s probably the best wacky race movie there is, simply because each set of competitors, shamelessly exemplifying a different national stereotype (albeit there are two pairs of Brits, and a damsel in distress), are vibrant and cartoonish in the best sense. Albeit, it has to be admitted that, as far as said stereotypes go, Annakin’s home side win

Your Mickey Mouse is one big stupid dope!

Enemy Mine (1985) (SPOILERS) The essential dynamic of Enemy Mine – sworn enemies overcome their differences to become firm friends – was a well-ploughed one when it was made, such that it led to TV Tropes assuming, since edited, that it took its title from an existing phrase (Barry Longyear, author of the 1979 novella, made it up, inspired by the 1961 David Niven film The Best of Enemies ). The Film Yearbook Volume 5 opined that that Wolfgang Petersen’s picture “ lacks the gritty sauciness of Hell in the Pacific”; John Boorman’s WWII film stranded Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune on a desert island and had them first duking it out before becoming reluctant bedfellows. Perhaps germanely, both movies were box office flops.